Parental Pressure = Teen Depression By: Kirsten Motz Signs & Symptoms • Sadness or hopelessness • Irritability, anger, or hostility • Tearfulness or frequent crying • Withdrawal from friends and family • Loss of interest in activities • Changes in eating and sleeping habits Signs & Symptoms • Restlessness and • Difficulty agitation concentrating • Feelings of • Thoughts of death or worthlessness and suicide guilt • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation • Fatigue or lack of energy Could Lead To… • • • • • • • Problems at school • Reckless behavior • Violence Running away • Suicide Substance abuse Low self-esteem Eating disorders Internet addiction Self-injury Causes of Teen Depression • A family history of depression • A history of substance abuse • Certain medical conditions • Gender • Certain types of personalities • Physical factors • Stressful life events. • Pressure (PARENTAL proven most common) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24-yearolds. Long-term depressive illness usually has its onset in the teen or young adult years — about 15% to 20% of American teens have experienced a serious episode of depression. Adolescent girls are twice as likely as boys to experience depression. China has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, particularly among rural women.